“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Murfreesboro in Rutherford County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)

Passing Through Murfreesboro

Passing Through Murfreesboro Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, August 25, 2015
1. Passing Through Murfreesboro Marker
Inscription. In fall 1818, over 11,000 Cherokee in nine organized groups passed by here as they continued on their Trail of Tears toward Indian Territory in the West. The Cherokee had been traveling for a few weeks but had already crossed the Tennessee River and the perilous Cumberland Plateau. Ahead lay greater dangers. They would have to cross the Ohio and Mississippi rivers, and the winter of 1838-1839 would be one of the harshest in memory.

The majority of Cherokee were literate in the Cherokee language and many spoke and wrote in English, but few chose to leave a record of their experiences of the Trail of Tears. Most of the records that survived were left by American missionaries or soldiers who sometimes accompanied the Cherokee. Captain B.B. Cannon of the Tennessee Volunteer Infantry, who traveled with a group of Cherokee a year before the forced removal, described passing through the Murfreesboro area.

Oct. 24, 1837, Marched at 1/2 after 7 co. A.M. arrived at Mr. Yearwood’s at 4 oc. P.M. rained last night and to day made 15 miles. Issued corn & fodder, cornmeal and bacon.

Oct. 25, 1837, Marched at 800 buried Andrews child at 9 1/2 oc. A.M. Passed through Murfreesboro and arrived at overalls Creek 4 oc. P.M. 14 miles today. Issued corn and fodder.
Trail of Tears by Brummett Echohawk
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Passing Through Murfreesboro Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, August 25, 2015
2. Passing Through Murfreesboro Marker
Trail of Tears National Historic Trail National Trail System National Park Service U.S. Department of the Interior.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Trail of Tears marker series.
Location. 35° 52.835′ N, 86° 26.07′ W. Marker is in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, in Rutherford County. Marker can be reached from 3501 Old Nashville Highway. Click for map. Located at the along the sidewalk behind the Visitor Center of Stones River National Battlefield. Marker is in this post office area: Murfreesboro TN 37129, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Charge Kept Coming, Coming Like the Sea (here, next to this marker); Their Longest, Coldest New Year’s Eve (here, next to this marker); God has granted us a Happy New Year! (a few steps from this marker); Why Fight Here? (within shouting distance of this marker); Battle at Stones River (within shouting distance of this marker); Stand Fast! (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Chicago Board of Trade Battery (about 300 feet away); This "Precious Dust" (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Murfreesboro.
Categories. Native Americans
Trail of Tear Route image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, August 25, 2015
3. Trail of Tear Route
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 136 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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